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Is it OK to have a flu jab if I am pregnant or trying to have a baby?

Yes. There is now wide experience of using flu vaccines during pregnancy, and pregnant women are known to be at significantly increased risk from complications of H1N1 and perhaps seasonal flu as well, so vaccination is strongly advised.

Vaccinating mothers against flu before or during pregnancy can provide the newborn baby with significant “passive” protection lasting several weeks – this is important because babies cannot be vaccinated themselves until they are 6 months old.

If you are considering pregnancy in the coming months, it would also be sensible to consider vaccination before you become pregnant.

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